Spring Training Game Thread: Oh, you again

2010 Season Preview: Breaking Down Aceves
Yankees return Hoffmann to Dodgers

For what feels like the tenth time this spring, the Yankees will take on the same team they beat in the World Series last year, the Phillies. With the pitching all messed up because of yesterday’s rain out, a bunch of guys already threw an intrasquad game back in Tampa. A.J. Burnett will start against the defending NL Champs, and he’ll be relieved by fifth starter candidate Phil Hughes. Both guys should be good for 75-80 pitches this time around, so chances are they’ll handle today all by themselves.

Here’s the lineup…

Gardner, LF
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
Swisher, RF
Cervelli, C
Pena, SS
Russo, 3B
Nunez, 2B
Pitcher’s Spot

Scheduled Pitchers: A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes. Not sure who else is available if needed.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET. Even though it’s a road game, YES will have it for you. If you’re out of market, you’re in luck because ESPN will be broadcasting the game as well. Enjoy.

Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel, AP

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2010 Season Preview: Breaking Down Aceves
Yankees return Hoffmann to Dodgers
  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Who said Curtis Granderson couldn’t hit lefties?

  • Hangoverologist

    Oh my god Granderson got a double of a lefty!

    /MSM’d

    • Snakes on the mother effin plane

      That’s progress.

      /MSM’d x2

  • Rogue Trader

    Kevin Long is a magician.

  • Chris

    Is Cervelli the only guy wearing the new helmet? I just turned on the game and I was curious if other Yankees were wearing it too.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah just him. He started wearing it after getting hit in the head a few weeks ago.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    Damn, nice catch, A.J.!

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    Heh. Lorenz talking about goat-boy-Werth’s new facial hair.

  • steve

    Hey I am a first time poster, but I read the site and comments several times throughout the day.. I was just wondering, I thought in these spring training games the yankees pitchers might be throwing at some of the phillies for all the times a-rod got hit in the world series…has anyone hit any phillies batters in the earlier games?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Since Heyman, and now George King, have taken Joba out of the competition for the 5th spot, why did they have him start in the intrasquad game…..

    These guys are pathological B-Jobbers. They think if they say it enough, it will happen, just like if a liar tells the same lie time and again, he eventually believes it to be true.

    • Yankee1010

      George King, the complete gas bag that he is, never had Joba in the running. I can just picture him writing his articles with food in his mustache, a frown on his fat face and mumbling, “Joba was born for the pen. Bull in a china shop. Grunt and fart.”

      Whatever, George. If that allows you to think you have a purpose in life, go get ‘em.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    In New England, I’m relegated to the ESPN broadcast … John Kruk just *had* to do this game.

    • http://www.audiencesounds.com/ Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      i muted it for this reason alone

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    /ueker’d

  • bexarama

    AJ Burnett can’t pitch to Cervelli!!!!!

  • Stryker

    hoffmann returned to the dodgers. welp, there goes that idea.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Hoffman going back to the Dodgers is a stupid move. Marcus sucks.

    • CS Yankee

      Agreed….Thames looks like a shell of his former self (all potential with a once-n-awhile power stroke).

      Not sure why we need 5 OF’s though, doubt that Winn will get many AB’s (as 4th) unless Gardner is slumping or there is an injury.

      • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

        True but I would rather have Hoffman than Thames any day. That guy plays no D and looks as if he doesn’t care in the field.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Looks can be deceiving. He’s not good at playing D but I can’t speak for how much he “cares”. That said, I’d rather take the more versatile Hoffmann over the one-dimensional Thames.

          But really, it’s the 25th spot. Not really a big deal.

        • andrew

          Thames probably won’t be playing much in the field. It won’t matter in the end, though, I promise.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Thames probably won’t be playing much in the field. It won’t matter in the end, though, I promise.

            That.

            2010 Marcus Thames = 2009 Eric Hinske (except we have him all year long)

            Marcus Thames as your 25th man is a good thing. He’ll play some LF (not much), some 1B (also not much), a little DH (not much), take some PH at bats in interleague, rarely be seen, but knock in a few timely homers.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    AJ getting roughed up.

    • http://www.twitter.com/h0ldfasth0pe Stryker

      for real.

    • Hangoverologist

      I’m just glad that he didn’t give up a grand slam before getting out of that jam. I guess we’ll be seeing a lot of this this year. -_-

      • bexarama

        I deem this comment not sufficiently optimistic.

        (Nah, I know what you mean. At least it didn’t all happen with two outs.)

        • Hangoverologist

          If it had happened with two outs, I would have been super pissed.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    i just posted this in the off-topic thread. But, I just bought tickets to the NY-WASH game Wednesday night. I see the big boys Wed. night, the AAA and AA teams Thursday afternoon and both A squads Friday.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Ugh. My first game in YS III was that horrible game against Washington with the 6-hour rain delay.

      My sister was in town from the West Coast, and we were all going to go. My Father got bronchitis and bailed since the weather was so nasty, my sister decided to stay home and keep an eye on him, my stepmother bailed, too…so it was just my girlfriend and me. The 1:00 PM start was pushed back to 3:00, so we got there at 3:00…and spent 4 hours wandering around with everyone else, too many people for us to get into any of the “attractions” like the museum, nasty, nasty day…walk aound, get something to eat, wipe down the seats and sit for awhile, rinse, repeat…then they finally played the game…and we wished they hadn’t, as they looked pathetic losing to the Natinals.

      A bad memory. I’m still pissed they didn’t call the game. Surely, they could have gotten creative with a cross-town doubleheader wthe the Nats visited the Mutts Mess Mets?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        I’ll be sitting in the party deck in RF. The weather should be perfect. My only concern is not dropping my camera.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Sorry. My only concern is DROPPING my camera.

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            My only concern is DROPPING my camerabeer

            FTFY

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              I wear one of the helmets that hold 2 beers. It’s a good look.

              • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

                The ladies love your style, eh?

                /King Tut’d

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    A.J. is just missing his spots, not sharp.

    Considering this is, what, his 2nd? 3rd? start of the Spring–he was rained out twice, right?– it’s to be expected, though it makes for a long day.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      2nd inning, a bit better.

  • Hangoverologist

    They just showed Joba’s line from the intrasquad game. It was:

    5 IP
    6 H
    2 R
    1 K

    It didn’t show anything on walks though.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Only faced 5 different hitters.

      • Zack

        Because as a reliever he only has to face a few hitters a game.

        /sarcasm

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          IETC.

    • kunaldo

      1 walk

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I really thought that was gone. It had a heck of a sound to it.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Damn wind. Really working against us today.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Not necessarily. The score might be 9-3 with less wind. They’ve really hit the ball hard.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Debatable. I haven’t been watching that closely, but at least one of their homers wouldn’t have gone out, Teixiera’s would have been out, and Russo’s and one or two others would have been a hit.

          /Fallacy-of-the-pre-determined-outcome’d

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Damn you, Michael Kay. Damn you!

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

              I smiled.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Any comments from the intrasquad game this morning? How did Joba/Andy/Mo/Park/Marte/DRob look?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Joba’s line was 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 K, 1BB

      Haven’t seen anything on the others.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Randy Wynn had a good game. He was like 7-15.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        That must be why we just returned Jamie Hoffmann to the Dodgers; because Randy Winn did so well in this intrasquad game.

        Sincerely,
        Jon Heyman
        Analytical Logician Extraordinare

    • Jose

      LoHud has an entire post up for it. I would read it, it is pretty detailed and has most of the pitchers.

    • bexarama

      Pettitte gave up something like ten million hits, he is clearly out of the 3rd/4th starter competition

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    http://twitter.com/beeeebzy/status/10883917741

    Sarah Palin is SO going to kick Beeebzy’s ass for that comment clearly making light of children with special needs.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      That comment was a re-e-e-al reach, and not particularly funny, Political Correctness aside.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        …that comment tweet…

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      She could have mentioned Joba’s constant snorting and farting.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      It’s a shame she has to say such stupid things. She’s hot and appears to have a high-paying job, both pluses. 90% of the things I’ve seen from her are fairly dull.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        Dammit. Looks like my snarky comment got Spam-canned. Here it is without the link:
        =============================

        Isn’t she a bit slim for you?

        http://www.instantrimshot.com

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Right. Forgot about the auto-linky thing.

          So, it seems that including a “title” attribute in your <a> tag gets the comment flagged as Spam?

          Can anyone confirm?

          If so, shouldn’t that be removed from the Acceptable Tags list below the Comment box??

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Misnomer. I have no particular affinity for chubby girls, I simply am willing to have sex with virtually any woman with a vagina and a pulse. As it turns out, due to self-esteem/body image issues, the bigger girls are easier to get. Attractive women without chronic mental problems are less likely to victim to my schemes and charm.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        That. I’m sure she’s a wonderful person who’s awesome to hang out with and be around.

        I’m thoroughly underwhelmed with her writing/analysis of the team (and of things in general).

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Who the hell are ya’ll talking about? Beeezby or Sarah Palin?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Take your pick.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Didn’t they overwork Joba today? He pitched like, 5 appearances at once.

    /Heyman’d

    • Zack

      I love how we can turn anything into a Heyman tweet, yet no one would be shocked if he actually said it.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Eat. My. Shorts. Axisa.

    Eduardo Nunez, 2010

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Hah. He’s actually playing really well. Has even looked good on D.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Tell the truth, you’ve had that comment loaded up and ready to Paste for months, right? :-)

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Nah. I like to give Mike a hard time.

        psssst. He hates Dominicans.

        • Jose

          Don’t turn me in guys. I’m too lazy to defend myself.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            I meant, he hates citizens of the Dominican Republic. When I say. “he hates Dominicans”, I’m sure some people will say that like saying, “he hates State-rs”. :)

            /rehasing an old argument’d

        • Rogue Trader

          He’s racist!?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            There are two things Mike Axisa can’t stand:

            A.) people intolerant of other people’s cultures
            B.) Dominicans

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Mike wouldn’t even watch “Sugar” because he can’t stand their accents.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

                For the record, I watched Sugar over the weekend. Meh.

                • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  Told ya.

                  Seriously. I liked it. The poor kid was a different person when he was pitching competitively, he was mean and nasty. All he ever wanted to be was a carpenter.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                  The poor kid was a different person when he was pitching competitively, he was mean and nasty. All he ever wanted to be was a carpenter.

                  Just like Joba. All he wants to be is a closer. It’s in his temperament.

                  /MSM’d

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Escot Bus Lines. Hah.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Nick “Hollywood” Swishahouse sellin’ it.

  • Hangoverologist

    Tex got his revenge homer for his last deep fly out.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    I want to sign Jayson Werth to a fat 5 yr/65M deal this offseason, force him to get a shave and a haircut, then immediately trade him to whomever at that point has the rights to Elijah Dukes.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Just got in and checked the box score. I don’t like the idea of our pitchers hitting in ST. Did AJ just stand at the plate and let 3 pitches go by or is he actually swinging?

    • bexarama

      He just stood there.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It was like, 5 pitches. And yes, he just stood there.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Gracias, and good to hear.

  • bexarama

    That inning lasted .002 seconds.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    I can’t decide whether to call him “Rolls” Royce Ring, or “Rose” Royce Ring.

    I’m leaning towards the latter.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    OH SHIT PHIL HUGHES IS PITCHING EVERYONE WATCH THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IF HUGHES PITCHES WELL HERE HE WINS THE WHOLE ENCHILADA

    Sincerely,
    Screaming Jon Heyman

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      OH F#$K
      OH F%&K
      OH F#$K

      /overreaction’d

    • bexarama

      I would have laughed so hard if Hughes gave up HRs on two consecutive pitches, to be honest. Sorry Hughesy, I’m rooting for you. Just not to be the fifth starter this year.

      • kunaldo

        Seconded

    • Hangoverologist

      He won’t win now because he gave up a first pitch home run to Ben Francisco!

      /sarcasm

    • kunaldo

      Haha awesome

  • kunaldo

    Per Bryan Hoch on Twitter:

    -“Girardi said Joba was up to 93-94 mph today, changeup better than earlier this spring”

    -Girardi on fifth starter competition: “It seems like it gets muddled more every day.”

    Right, but Hughes is still the clear cut frontrunner though, right Mr. Olney and Mr. Heyman?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Not after that homer!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!eleventy!!!

      • kunaldo

        Eh, he was just experimenting with his gyroball. He could have gotten the guy out if he really wanted to.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          He could have gotten the guy out if he really wanted to.

          /Ichiro’d

  • bexarama

    “We’re looking for – well, that’s not what we’re looking for.” – I laughed out loud at that one, Girardi

    • kunaldo

      Who/what was that in reference to?

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Joe was talking to Kenny during the inning. They were talking about Hughes as he gave up the homer.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    OMG Hughes came in in the middle of an inning! He’s falling behind Joba in the 5th starter race!

    Now he gives up a HR. He’s not as good out of the pen, he’s back in the lead!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Now he gives up a HR. He’s not as good out of the pen, he’s back in the lead!

      I like how you spun that.

      (TWSS)

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      My head just exploded. I’m typing by muscle reactions.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Now he gives up a HR. He’s not as good out of the pen, he’s back in the lead!

      Haha, awesome.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Was that a hooters girl? The Phillies are on to something.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Fun Fact: Clearwater is the birthplace of Hooters.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Fun Fact: If it’s tacky, offensive, and either racist or sexist, it was probably created in either Florida or Texas.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Come on, you don’t have a problem with sexism. :)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Fun Fact: I never said that tackiness, offensiveness, racism, or sexism were BAD. Just Floridian/Texan, that’s all.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Point taken, and agreed to.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    That image of John Kruk sleeping earlier today makes me jealous that he’s not currently sleeping now.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      I am also jealous of that moment in time. Those were the good times.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      (insert Tralfamadore joke here)

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    C’mon Teix. Give em the crazy eyes!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Rectum? He damn near killed ‘im!

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      Teix also gives the crazy eyes whenever a pitcher tries to cover 1B. He will take everything to the bag himself, thank you very much.

      • pat

        +1 Seems, Tex doesn’t want anybody sharing in his glory. Unassisted putout or bust!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Unassisted putout or bust!

          That sounded dirtier than it actually is.

          • pat

            I think an unassisted putout is what I do every night before bed.

            • Spaceman.Spiff

              IETCVM

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Philthy.

    /MichaelKay’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The irony of the previous conversation is definitely not lost on me. Ravech basically said it’s pretty easy to find a replacement closer and the others seemed to agree, yet I know that they will all continue to over-value closers all season.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Which is all the funnier considering that Kruk was on the verge of retracting his Twins pick based on the Nathan injury, even though the Twins have a good 3-4 guys who are all capable of filling Nathan’s shoes with aplomb.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        1. Fantastic use of aplomb.
        2. Kruk was clearly too busy eating to hear Ravech’s sound argument.

        • bexarama

          Ravech’s sound argument

          Does not compute. (I’m watching the YES broadcast so I dunno what they said.)

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            They were talking about the Twins winning the Central, Kruk said he might retract his pick in light of Nathan’s looming TJS, Sutt said that the Twins will find someone to close “just because they always find a way” and then Ravech made a comment about closers being pretty easy to find, they pop up out of no where, etc.

            • bexarama

              That IS a sound argument. I am now frightened.

              Frankly, closers don’t even need to be that GOOD. Look at the 2009 Angels. Fuentes is pretty terrible. He still led the AL in saves. (I will admit I do think having an elite closer like Nathan can help in a division that’s relatively tight like the AL Central, though. You might as well get as many advantages as you can get.)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          1. Fantastic use of aplomb.

          A plenteous vocabulary embiggens the smallest man.

  • bexarama

    Andy looks tired. Also, I know they all do it, but every time I see a pitcher with their arm all wrapped up, I freak out, then remember it’s normal.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    “Antonio Bastardo” is a plus-plus name. I give it a 90 on the 20-80 scale.

    • bexarama

      It’s a fantastic name.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      That’s some scale you’ve got there.

      waits for obligatory TSJC size-based comment…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Welcome to the club, buddy.

        The Big Penis Club.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Aaaaand there it is.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    Interesting that J.C. Romero is on the DL after off-season elbow surgery. Didn’t he get busted for steroids last year?

    • bexarama

      He tested positive for some banned substance that was supposedly from GNC, IIRC.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        Oh, right. Thanks Bexy!

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      He “took something from GNC that he didn’t know had a banned substance”

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Nick Swisher has so much raw charisma, he clearly is throwing Ravech/Sutcliffe/Kruk off their interviewing/broadcasting game.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The key to that? Swisher’s fucking awesome, that’s the key.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      At museums, he’s allowed to touch the artwork.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        True story:

        My father does stained-glass restoration for a living. About 20 yrs. ago, I was working for him full time, when we restored a series of Tiffany windows for an exhibit at the Smithsonian. Every one of us was wrist-deep in every single window, pulling them apart, repairing them, etc.

        Fast-forward three months to the opening night of the exhibition in D.C.; we’re there, in black tie, and I’m discussing one of the repairs with a co-worker. I guess my finger got a little too close to the glass, a guard ran over and asked me not to touch the glass, as it was “very fragile”.
        !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Upshot:

        Nick Swisher is more awesome than me (if barely).

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I can feel the grit coming off of the screen and through my speakers right now.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    You know Howard doesn’t poke it down the 3B line? Because he can hit the ball over the fence. A lot. He’s really good at hitting home runs so I’d be okay with Howard trying to do that.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      *You know why…

    • bexarama

      from Gene Woj’s article on why you should root for the Phillies in the World Series:
      And Howard, who has led or shared the majors lead in regular season RBIs three of the last four seasons, does all of this in a quiet, understated way — and usually against a huge defensive shift to the right side of the infield.

      Yeah. That’s because he hits the ball wayyyy the hell over their heads a whole heck of a lot.

  • kunaldo

    Damn, this is turning out to be a pretty good Hughes outing.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Sweet Jeebus, Curtis Granderson is a good interview. He makes Derek Jeter look like ARod.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      He makes me nervous, though, with that full-tilt-forward hyperfast delivery.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Javy: Potential fantasy bust? orly, ESPN?

    You’ll rue the day you crossed me, Trebek.

    • kunaldo

      What’s the difference between you and a mallard with a cold?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Heh.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    OH NOOOOOOOOOES PHIL HUGHES IS TEH SUCK AGAIN!!!!!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Sardinha is seeking revenge for his brother.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Phil knows how to cruise.

    HAHA

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    Juan Miranda, what a lazy Cuban, preferring to toss the ball to the pitcher covering. Gritty Teixeira would’ve sprinted full speed to get that unassisted putout.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    Curry: “…Yanks say they have no interest in Elijah Dukes….

    For those watching ESPN.

  • bexarama

    for those of you not watching the YES broadcast, Jack Curry basically just said that the Yankees aren’t interested in Elijah Dukes because of the personality issues.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      (sigh)

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Nyah nyah… :-)

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      To be fair, he didn’t specifically say “personality issues”.

      Just that a couple of brass said they “have no interest”.

      The rest is implication only.

      • bexarama

        didn’t he say they have no interest because of the personality issues? He definitely didn’t just say “the Yankees aren’t interested in him,” he said something about the personality.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          Just rewound it on the DVR.

          You’re right, he did mention off-the-field issues, I must’ve missed that, but it’s unclear whether he’s giving his own opinion, surmising from what the Yanks implied, or actually reporting what they said.

          • camilo Gerardo

            right, sounded like he said the yankees aren’t interested in Dukes (don’t understand why not), and then chimed in that dukes has had a murky history.

    • Fabio

      I don´t think that being a douche or just a dislikeable person should influence much when a team decides to hire a baseball player, but there are some things I rather not overlook. If this was my company, I´d not hire Dukes, Lugo, Myers and Giles. First and most important because it would cross my own sense of rightousness, and second because I think this can be somewhat damaging to my mark, which is the most valuable asset a baseball team has.

      I´m not a moralist freak or anything, done plenty of illegal shit both here in Brasil and also in the US, but I draw a personnal line at the cowardice of wife beaters.

      • bexarama

        I can’t disagree with you on this. Wife-beating just makes me really uneasy.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        You make good points.

        My retort: I don’t think Dukes really hurts the Yankee brand much. He wouldn’t be the first guy we signed with past character issues; he won’t be the last. And there’s reason to believe that his character problems may be behind him.

        He’s also not filling a prominent role. Easily eliminated if he causes problems, and people will barely remember he was here.

        • Fabio

          I can understand your retort to my second point, and you are probably correct, although if he did some serious bullshit while playing for the Yankees, MSM would still harp on the fact that the team hired him knowing his past.

          But my main objection is still private. There isn´t much of a debate there, it eithers ircs you to the point you decide to not touch it or not. I can understand people not caring enought about it if it makes the team better.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Yeah, I get what you’re saying. If the team decided to institute a “we don’t ever hire men with histories of violence against women” policy, it’s something I can’t really complain about. I get that policy, and it makes sense.

            I personally give people second chances when they’ve shown personal growth, but there is something to be said for taking a stand and making a point.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Since we’re taking Thames North, I wish we would’ve invited Shef to camp. Stupid comments and all, he’s a better bat than Thames.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Thames signed for a 900k salary with 900k in incentives. Would Sheff have taken that deal? Perhaps not.

      • jramey

        not after shef talked smack after he got traded

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          Hitting round ball>>>>>>>>>Saying something stupid

          That’s my opinion, maybe the Yanks don’t feel that way.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Tough to say. A guy like him knows first hand about hitting in our lineup. I mean, now he’s just sitting on his rear. He lives in Tampa, I’d invite him down to the complex and have him workout. It ain’t my money though.

  • jramey

    Brighthouse is a very nice field

  • jramey

    nasty change

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    So, players with multiple consecutive years of 40 HR and 130 RBI:

    Ruth: 7
    Griffey: 4
    Sosa: 4
    Howard: 4

    You know who probably would have been prominently on that list if he didn’t play for a perpetually pathetic and shitty team?

    Adam Dunn.

    • Chip

      O come on, everybody knows that if Adam Dunn were a better ballplayer he’d have more RBIs and that he’s just not the complete player that Ryan Howard (who is equally as valuable as Pujols) is!

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      But he doesn’t like baseball.

      /Ricciardi’d

    • Jose

      Add Barry Bonds to that list. He had 5 consecutive 40 HR seasons. He broke 130 RBI once in 2001 with 137. The year he had 73 HR.

  • bexarama

    Hughes has looked pretty darn good I have to say. I want Joba to win the fifth starter role, but I won’t be pissed if he gets it. Aceves, Gaudin, Mitre… yeah, I might be pissed with those guys.

    • bexarama

      and yes, I know it’s ST. I’m not basing that comment/sentiment on one ST appearance.

    • bexarama

      and of course he gives up like 3 more HRs after I say this.

  • jramey

    wait, Cody Ransoms a Phillie?

    • Chip

      Trying to capture a little bit of that 2009 Yankee magic they are

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Hee hee hee…

    • bexarama

      supposedly the Phillies announcers have been raving about him. aaaahaaha

  • jramey

    wow 48 pitches, thats effecient. He’s only hitting 90 though…on 48 pitches?

    • WIlliam

      Doesn’t matter if you averaged 12 pitches per inning if you’re giving up a run per inning as well.

  • jramey

    that wasn’t a bad pitch. but Joba and Hughes are neck and neck now. I was going to want Hughes to win but I don’t care at this point

  • kunaldo

    Phil has Javy fever today

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Heh. This game/day is HILARIOUS.

    Phil looks nasty most of the day but served up some absolute MEATBALLS in the beginning and end of his appearance. Meanwhile, Joba pitches effectively but unspectacularly against 5 non-starters in the intrasquad simulation.

    I can’t wait to see the idiotic overreactions of the MSM after today.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      AP pitched to the same guys and got lit up. I too am anxious to hear the spin of the day.

      • WIlliam

        Joba outpitched the winningest postseason pitcher of all time, therefore, Joba will be good in the postseason. Rivera is good in the postseason, therefore by the reflexive property of douschebaggery, Joba should be in the ‘pen.

        /Makes more sense than Heyman’s logic

  • YankeesJunkie

    I wonder what the ESPN radar gun had Hughes at? Good appearance overall just bad last two hitters in a hitter friendly park.

    • kunaldo

      Didn’t someone say he was @ 90?

      • YankeesJunkie

        On the YES gun, I was wondering if there was a difference between the two.

  • Paul Canales

    Eh. Now the statline doesn’t look so good.

    • WIlliam

      Your joking…right?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Yeah, however Hughes and Joba each deserve another start in MLB games.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

    The worst part about these Spring Training games on Yes is when I don’t get to the TV fast enough to turn it off before Francesa’s show comes on…

    …sigh.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      …and as I turned it off, I was amused to hear, regarding the Mets’ Murphy:
      “…I think the bloom is off the rose [regarding Murphy at 1st base].”

      HA HA HA HA!!

      Mike, that’s not a rose! Roses are red, not brown!!

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        This time last year the Mets were in love with Murphy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/h0ldfasth0pe Stryker

    it’s kinda funny to experience phil hughes’ career thus far. people swore up and down he was a #1/#2 type guy, now the same people don’t even think he has what it takes to crack a major league rotation.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Care to explain? I haven’t heard one person say Hughes can’t crack a rotation.

      • http://www.twitter.com/h0ldfasth0pe Stryker

        seems to be the consensus among yankees and non-yankees fan friends of mine. when he threw that near no hitter in texas way back when, they thought he was the best thing since sliced bread. now there’s a massive overreaction because he got lit up today or how he’s “struggling” to make it in the majors (they cite him being relegated to the bullpen last year after being “non-2007 hughes” or their acquisition of javy being a sign that the yankees don’t see hughes being able to make it in the MLB [boy did i get a laugh out of that one]).

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          Ah true. TBH I thought you were referencing those of us who want Joba to get the 5th starter spot.

          Yeah, many people see the slightest form of adversity and change their tune. I guess they don’t realize that the vast majority of pitchers have growing pains. Patience is a virtue most people don’t possess.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          seems to be the consensus among yankees and non-yankees fan friends of mine.

          Sounds like you need smarter friends.

    • YankeesJunkie

      No kidding, at least he is still very young hopefully both Hughes and Joba will be in the rotation next year in 2011.

  • bexarama

    if this was Joba that pitched like Hughes did today, we’d all hear about how he can’t hold a lead and he blew a save and he gave up so many HRs and blah blah blah. And then they’d still use that to say Joba should be in the pen.